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Incident Command System (ICS)

Is a management process enabling a fire department to affectively and efficiently control resources at incidents.

Used By all levels of government federal,state, local and tribal as well as many private sector and non-governmental organization’s


ICS five major functional areas

Finance and administration


Overall system command and management?

Incident Command



Management and supervision of tactics



Operational planning, including management of incident information



Logistical support if incident operations



Tracking time and cost when needed


Command Staff

Liaison officers, in support of the IC (not part of the line organization)


The following are system operating requirements for ICS

1. The systems organizational structure must be able to adapt to any incident that fire protection agencies respond to

2. The system must be able to expand in a logical manner from an initial attack to a major incident.

3. Implementation of the system should have the least possible disruption to emergency operations.


The command structure of a complex incident might include all of the following five levels

Incident Commander

Section Chief

Branch director

Geographic Division or functional group supervisor.

Single resource or strike team or task force


Position Titles

The use of distinct titles for ICS positions allows for filling ICS positions with the most qualified individuals rather than by seniority

MFR should use its ranking officers


Command position/title refers to those functions necessary for overall control and accomplishment of the strategic objective

The command level should be staffed by a ranking MFR department officer


Section Chief

Refers to those organizational elements in situations that are complex enough to require an immediate or control level in the organizational structure.

For example the operations section chief is a level that may be implemented in command finds it necessary to group divisions or groups together to lessen command span of control

Should not exceed 5 supervisors reporting to the operations section Chief. (Span of control)


Division or group supervisor position

Is responsible to supervise up to five single resources Such as rescue aerial or engine or strike teams or task forces

Divisions or groups are normally commanded by chief fire officer’s or Captain’s to concentrate on the more specific areas and tasks to meet the operational objectives.

Division/group supervisor reporting to an operation section chief or if the operation levels have not been established reporting directly to the incident commander


The single resource, strike team or task force leader

Is responsible to direct those actual resources in the field on tactical assignments this is normally filled by a MFR Captain Lieutenant company officer

The leader under the operation section would report to the assigned division or group supervisor in the absence of a supervisor he would report to the operations section chief


Unified Command

Is an application of ICS used when there is more than one agency with incident jurisdiction or when incidents cross political jurisdictions

Generally the incident commander will be selected from the authority having jurisdiction


Command Responsibilities
Initial tasks

Assume command

Transmit a brief initial radio status report

Make an initial size up of the situation

Set prioritized objectives

Establish a command post


Command procedures are designed to accomplish the following

1. Fix the responsibility for command through a standard identification system

2. Ensure that strong direct visible command will be established as early as possible on all incidents

3. Outlines the activities and responsibilities of command

4. Provide a system for the orderly transfer of commando


Inflammation of the incident command system

The use of the incident command system is mandatory on all building assignments and all incidents involving fired apartment units MCI hazardous materials ships etc.

The first fire department officer to arrive at the scene of a multi unit response shall assume command and remain in command until relieved by a high-ranking officer or until the incident is terminated


Continuing Tasks of Command responsibilities.

Beyond scope of initial tasks

Delegate responsibilities through the lCS system

Continue to evaluate attack efforts and take appropriate actions including the sounding of multiple alarms and calls for special service companies

If relieved by a superior officer give a concise briefing on the situations and actions taken

Remain with him until reassigned

For MCI referred to the MCI command fog


The first arriving MFR officer must decide on an appropriate commitment for his company

Nothing showing mode

Fast attack mode

Command mode


Nothing showing mode

These situations require investigation by the first arriving company. the company officer normally will accompany his crew to investigate while retaining his command responsibilities


Fast attack mode

Situations which require immediate action to stabilize the situation such as interior fires which require that the officer quickly decide how to commit his company.
He can participate using his portable radio without neglecting command responsibilities


Fast attack mode end with one of the followings?

Situation is stabilized

Higher ranking officer arrives and command is transferred

Situation is not stabilized And the officer must relocate to a traditional command location usually outside the fire building


Command mode

Situations that require principally command functions

The officer will assume a traditional command location and maintain that location until relieved by high-ranking officer


Command post

This could be basic as the cab of the incident commander’s vehicle or more elaborate depending on the evaluation of the incident


Command Post

The purpose of a command post is to coordinate operations simplify communications procedures, provide logistical support and assist the incident commander. The commander should reside at the command post


Command Post

Usually the command post shall be set up in front of the incident in a highly visible location a rotating green light will signify this location

Once the CP is determined info will be given to FCIO. FCIO will broadcast tactical channel and CP has been set up.

A minimum area of traffic control will be established in all directions from the disaster limits for approx 2 blocks

Fire/police cordon


The Front ( designated by the location of the Command post)

Side A B C D
Clockwise manner

Multi story floors ( 6th floor)

Below grade ( sub floor #1 indicates 1st floor below grade)


Transfer of command

1. First MFR officer to arrive will soon come in until relieved by a high-ranking MFR officer

2. The first arriving MFR district chief will assume command after transfer of command procedures has been completed

3. Assumption of command by a higher ranking MFR chief fire officer is discretionary. Notification of change of command shall be given over appropriate radio frequencies